More than 108,000 Australians signed a petition to the federal Parliament asking to stop the vaccination campaign for children between 12 and 16 years of age that will start this coming Sept. 13.
Last Friday, Aug. 27, the Australian government approved the Pfizer vaccine for use in people over 12 years old, this generated concern in many Australians, so they decided to make the petition “Immediately Stop COVID-19 Vaccines for children aged 12-16”, which closed this Wednesday with 108,891 signatories.
The petition stresses that the benefits do not outweigh the risks and that they are “gambling” with children’s lives and conducting a never-before-seen experiment.
“The TGA advises we will only register a vaccine if its benefits are much greater than its risks. For children 12-16 the benefits do not outweigh the risk. The COMIRNATY BNT162b2 (mRNA) shot is still in clinical trials for all age groups and will not conclude until 2023. There is no short, medium or long term data to support the benefits outweigh the risk for this age group, this is a gamble on children’s lives and the largest experiment known to man.”
The petition also says the government analyzed U.S. data. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention numbers show that the rate of infections and deaths in ages 0-15 is very low compared to other age groups.
In turn, data from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) “shows there have been, 15,308 adverse reactions to the vaccine recorded in children between the ages of 6-17. The vaccines are in experimental phase – trials are incomplete, and approvals were given without complete safety and efficacy data being available,” the petition reads.
Following the vaccine’s approval for children between 12 and 16, Prime Minister Scott Morrison encouraged parents to talk to their children about getting vaccinated, just as he did with his own.
This approval was prompted by experts saying that in the wake of the spread of the Delta variant, it was of paramount importance to vaccinate adolescents.
Last Friday, Health Minister Greg Hunt told reporters that they could guarantee that all children between the ages of 12 and 15 who want to be vaccinated will be able to do so this year.
Beyond all this discussion about exposing young people to vaccines considering that infections and deaths among them are very low, there is also doubt about the vaccine’s effectiveness.
Recently Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said that a vaccine-resistant variant is likely to appear.
“Every time that a variant appears in the world, our scientists are getting their hands around it,” Bourla said, adding, “they are researching to see if this variant can escape the protection of our vaccine.”
He also cautioned that “We haven’t identified any yet, but we believe that it is likely that one day, one of them will emerge.”